We were disappointed again last night with a pretentious supper at the Kingham Plough. It's easy to write a menu sounding appetising & appealing; it's another skill set entirely to replicate & produce quality deconstructed cuisine with finesse & structure. We live locally & have eaten here on a number of occasions & sadly this is not the first time I have pointed out menu discrepancies & appallingly cooked food. After an absence of 5 months, sufficient time had past from the cotton wool textured haunch of venison for us to venture back. The staff under the guidance of Dan are unfailingly polite & courteous; last night was no exception - We started with the Wild Salmon & smoked Eel - £7 - with beetroot & chard was miniscule. The smoked Eel, small, wafer thin & watery was it worth the mention on the menu? A key ingredient to this dish was absent & the final result suffered; the two slices of bread to accompany although delicious were mean in size & we wanted for more. Next up 'Loin of Pork with hot apple jelly' - £18 - cooked just this side of acceptable accompanied by Mr Drinkwaters delicious pencil sized carrot & a postage stamp of pressed Maris piper potatoes. We sent out a search party for the hot apple jelly & although these last ingredients are not expensive; being so mean in their offering again we wanted for more & finished the pork on it own. Noting how exciting the pudding offering can be at the Plough we pre ordered ours - the last Chocolate Fondant - £6 - & a Fig Tart - £7 - the fondant looked & I am told tasted fabulous - the tart looked like a flat oblong of thin cardboard with semi dried fig slices resting on top! the ice was well ice-cream. This to my mind was not a tart by any stretch of the imagination! Tart - 'pie or flan with sweet filing' - On tasting it was tired, dry & had little quality; the fig so chewy it made no attempt to meld with the pastry. This concoction was a slice of pastry dreamt up & conveyed by Chinese whispers. Enough is enough I say. The restaurant was less than a third full; a Thursday evening it should be busy & bustling! I suspect the good folk of OX7 have like us been let down, our expectations dashed too many times to warrant a return to this pretentious establishment. I mentioned all this to the staff, paid in full though they suggested they remove the tart from the bill, I was having none of it. £86.75 for a diabolical attempt at modern British food. No thanks we will stay at home next time. With chefs of this caliber it's easy to do better at home; after all having spent 20yrs in the industry I should know better!
- Also Known As:
- The Kingham Plough Hotel Chipping Norton